How do you design super long forms?

4 years ago from chris limbrick, Digital Product Designer

  • chris limbrick, 4 years ago

    Thanks for the links and opinion... I'm also not a fan of the floating labels and don't think it makes for effective complex and long forms. It's currently implemented at work and they're resistant to change so I'm trying to figure out how to improve the UX.

    I'm thinking the best way to go about the inputs with floating labels is to section off parts of the form where it makes sense (i.e. think filling out a job application.) The caution is trying to make the form as short as possible so it's believed by others that switching from having standard labels to floating labels, and making the form shorter, will improve the experience for these complex forms. I don't think that's the case, which is why I'm asking for others opinions. :-)

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    • Chris CChris C, 4 years ago

      Have you tested different form input styles with your users to see which performs the best? Who is resistant to the change? Engineers? PM? Why are they resistant? Implementation effort & time? Other priorities? I think getting answers to those questions and testing would give you enough info to tell a compelling story for keeping, modifying, or completely changing your form designs & interactions.

      Also, if you take a look at that article that was shared, it's actually extremely subjective. Almost every point he makes against labels inside a field could be solved by a better design example than he chooses. I would look at other research that's been done with real data and not opinion-based. Look at the comments in that article for some really great responses.

      Here's a good one: https://static.lukew.com/webforms_lukew.pdf

      Another: https://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?687

      EDIT: Added some clarification

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